The reading assignment is part of the ministry's efforts to promote "restorative justice" -- which seeks to encourage repair and reconciliation between the victims and the offenders, said Gloria Fei.

"We hope prosecutors will become more compassionate so they can help promote understanding and ease confrontation between the two sides," said Fei, head of the ministry's Department of Rehabilitation and Social Protection.

Japanese pop culture has a strong influence in Taiwan, which was colonised by Japan from 1895 to 1945.